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What's a Wreck?

A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate - you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I'm not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen

Sunday Sweets: Threadcakes

As you may recall, I get to be one of the judges in this year's Threadcakes competition. However, I'd just like to point out that I had no idea judging would be this hard. Seriously, there are so many surprisingly skillful entries already - and there's still another week to go! - that I don't see how we're going to narrow it down to just a few winners.

But enough of my whining. Here, let me show you what I'm talking about.

(The photos are arranged Threadless design first, followed by the Threadcakes entry.)

By Burton Wills
(Follow the links for more info & pics)

By Nicole Jeans

By Judy Stroud

By Kayla Richardson

There are also plenty of mad skilz in the 2D category:

By Jamie Masterson

Are you starting to see my dilemma? I've just barely scratched the surface, too - I may have to feature more of these next Sunday, since there are so many more I want to share. So tune in then - or, just head over to Threadcakes now and check out all 300+ entries!

- Similar Sweets: Like Buttah

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Reader Comments (120)

Aww, Threadless is one of my favorite sites! And now I can wear my favorite shirt and eat it too! THose entries are tough for sure, I do not envy your decision.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The ship cake is stellar- no contest.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

They were all SO amazing! But I really loved the robot one. It was so cute! ^_^

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFinn

Those are crazy! I'd never be able to pick just one winner!

Guck Luck to all of them :)

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStylishHeather

Wow- this IS going to be tough... can you close your eyes and point??

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy Cow

Oh my gosh, the robot and tomato ones are just heartbreakingly cute.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBillie


July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

PS I like the tomato one best.! (Although the ship is a close second!)

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDangGina

I envy you not, but those are way cool.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMel

Yeah -- when you posted the link a couple weeks ago I went to the site and was absolutely AMAZED at the awesomeness of a surprisingly large percentage of the cakes. There were, of course, a few that left me underwhelmed, but the overall showing was nothing but pure awesome.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStr4yk1tt3n

My jaw literally dropped at these! I mean, it sometimes drops at an occasional cake (good or bad), but never like this, at each cake in an entire post!! Wow!! Good luck judging - I'm glad it's you and not me!!

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Wow, I think these are some of the best cakes I've seen you post yet. Probably because you can see the art, and then that they look EXACTLY like it. Awesome.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal Copeland

Sad robot and swirly lionheads are my faves, but I think they are all amazing.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlory von Hathor

Loved these! The tomato one is terrific--the shirt design is cute too! Best of luck to you on the decisions...

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow! I love them all! I thought for sure the robot was the best, but then looked at the next, and the next... I don't envy you having to judge those! They are all phenomenal!

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdpotsy

OMG they're all good but that robot is AMAZING.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNinotchka

Wow, those are seriously amazing cakes. But I love the robot one...the melancholy look is captured so beautifully.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLaura K. Curtis

Wow, wow, wow! The chocolate lacework on the lion cake manes! Absolutely amazing!

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle S.

oh. my. gosh. those were all beautiful! i really did love the robot one though.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermiss. chief

now that is Art! love love the detail in the ship and waves, beautiful.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersummur braley

Wow these cakes are so awesome! True talent. I don't evny you. I did go and look at all the other cakes on the threadless site and some of those cakes need to be on your site as wrecks! LOL But some are just incredible.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

So, so glad I did not attempt what would have undoubtedly been a pathetic entry in this contest. Those are all AmAzInG!

Some of the ones are 'wrecks'! But some of the others are just incredible!

Did you check out the "under the bed"? Holy cow!

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNotAlwaysCharming

oh the sad robot is just so sweet, but I really love the tomato cake, too. I don't envy you!

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAims

*jaw drop*

I think the composition of the ketchup bottle and tomatoes is the most interesting of those, even though I can't get over how amazing they all are. I just really like how even the background is translated into another dimension, not just the design in relief or fully sculpted on a flat plane (though both are great and cakes are allowing them a fun artistic revival). It's talented and different, is what I like.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKit

Holy moly, these cakes are really good! The angry ketchup bottle with the ketchup coming out of the top is amazing, as is the banana, and...well ALL of them! Glad I can just enjoy looking at them and not have to vote.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm in *tears* guys!!!! TEARS!

I'm the gal who did the robot cake, and after seeing all of the beautiful entries week after week, I really felt like my sweet, sad, little guy didn't stand a chance at all. Win or no win, coming on here today and reading how many of you said you liked the cake, well, enough said. I'm a winner.

Point blank, this contest is an amazing idea. It tosses together a bunch of folks who can produce some amazing art on cotton and a bunch of folks who can get creative with SWEET, edible stuff. And, dude. I seriously think if you cut me open, I'd bleed buttercream.

MUCH LOVE to Cake Wrecks for showing off the lil' robot. Poor thing just couldn't catch a break, and now he's all (shall I say it?) POPULAR on the coolest blog EVER*!!!!


* Please note that there was absolutely NO butt-kissing in this statement.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSophie-and-Bryce

You picked some nice ones, but there are a surprising number of wrecktastic ones on the threadcakes gallery page-at least that will help with some of the elimination!

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterworkfeeds

Love love love that little robot.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEva

Amazing cakes! o-o

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Dang

I LOVE the robot cake. Best one, hands down.

Runner up would be the lions.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

All of those are amazing! The perfect duplication of the banana, sheer talent of the ship, the gravity-defying way the little robot was upright, the awesomely afraid tomatoes and the (chocolate?) work on the lions. Wow!

wv: dingi
These entries make my head go all dingi!

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRandomly G-Licious

The robot cake is wonderful.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMoop

The ship is amazing!

Good luck judging. I would not want to be in your shoes.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoan

Wow, I see what you mean. These are all fantastic!

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie31337

I love, love, love that tomato cake! And the 2D lions are great. I wish you Guck Luck in your judging duties. =)


July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I think the tomato cake is the best interpretation into a 3-D form, how they turned the rolling of the hills into topsy-turvy tiers.

But I think the most beautiful out of these is the ship cake, it's just stunning!

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKrista

I loved the tag on the banana one... It's the shirt, folded...and 3d... awesome..

the robot is ADORABLE and check out the nuts and bolts and hearts at the base to add some interesting detail...

the lacework on the lions is lovely...

I still think my favorite is the ketchup one though..

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLizard

Holy fow. I don't envy you or the other judges (much!). Those are fantastic, although I think the ketchup and robot ones are my faves.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJules

I only looked through a few pages of the cakes, but from what I have seen, you definitely have the best ones up here on your blog. I may need to look again though after reading the comments from folks who delved a little further into it. Can't wait for the next Sunday Sweets to see more!

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda

I really like the ketchup and robot cakes...the little nuts and bolts on the latter were what tipped it into greatness for me.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristen

Well, of the examples shown, it is easy to pick a winner. A couple are just plain ugly. A couple are just plain 'meh'. And its easy to decide from there.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I love that tomato one. It helps that it's an amazingly cute shirt though too.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

I...want to hug that robot.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSpygel

I've looked at the rules and can't find any mention of categories, so I'm asking here. If there are not professional and amateur categories, could you suggest them for next year? There's amazing talent there, but I suspect a pro and non division would level the playing field quite a bit.

Thanks for drawing my attention to this contest. You're right, the talent is amazing.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

oh wow those look amazing! they are all so brilliant in their own way. Very fond of the angry ketchup bottle one myself but then again I just love anything with the crazy cake pans

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

Those are all too fantastic to pick just one. I think it's time to move on to the taste testing. ;-)

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterUlrike

Tomato then robot.
I love all of them though. So adorable.

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterG.H.

Oh, they are all so great. U do not have an easy job!

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterS3XinthePantry

Sophie-and-Bryce (if you return to read more comments):

Fantastic job on the robot! It's too adorable. I was curious if the robot was made out of cake? And if so, how on earth did he remain standing on those little legs and little neck? You may have produced not just an incredibly adorable cake, but an engineering marvel as well. :)

July 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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